Vernon’s Josh Dueck races way to a silver-medal finish in a World Cup sit ski super-G event Tuesday at Panorama Mountain in Invermere.

Vernon’s Josh Dueck races way to a silver-medal finish in a World Cup sit ski super-G event Tuesday at Panorama Mountain in Invermere.

Dueck skis to silver World Cup

Josh Dueck of Vernon won a silver medal in an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing World Cup.

  • Jan. 17, 2014 12:00 p.m.

PANORAMA, B.C. – Josh Dueck and Mac Marcoux wrapped up the final day of racing Tuesday at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing World Cup with second-place finishes in super-G, securing Canada’s third podium of the four-race series.

Dueck, a sit-skier from Vernon, attacked the course looking for redemption following two DNFs (did not finish) in downhill and giant slalom earlier in the week. He did just that, claiming second place in a time of one minute, 16.29 seconds on a course that got the best of many experienced skiers.

“Today is definitely a silver lining in a bit of a slow week for me, for sure,” said Dueck, a silver medallist in slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games. “There have been a lot of factors in play this week and unfortunately some got into my head. But I can learn from that, and that was the goal today.

“Mentally I wanted to let things just pass through, and obviously it worked out. It wasn’t a great run, but it was a tough course for everybody, and so to finish second on the last day of the race series in Panorama is rad.”

Dueck shot to worldwide acclaim in 2012 when he became the first person to complete a backflip in a sit-ski, and since joining the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team in 2008 has earned seven other IPC World Cup podiums, multiple national titles and was the 2009 world downhill champion.

“Hopefully we can take this momentum from today and apply it to the tech series next week in Colorado and keep building,” Dueck said of upcoming World Cup races in the U.S. “The confidence and momentum is building and it’s a really positive space to be in, so to be rewarded for it feels really good. Sometimes you forget how much you enjoy doing well until you have a few races in a row where you don’t and you get a little bit down on it. But today is great. I took fewer chances than maybe I would have liked to, but at the same time, I did what I needed to and carried my speed well.”

Japan’s Taiki Morii (1:15.75), and Akira Kano (1:16.35) were first and third, respectively. Terrace, B.C.’s Caleb Brousseau finished in 11th (1:19.38), while Kurt Oatway, of Calgary, Alta., went out at the third-to-last gate and did not finish.

The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team is now in Copper Mountain, Colo., for the slalom and giant slalom IPC World Cup races starting today.